27 September 2016

A Week to Remember


I have a story that I've almost been dying to share. I haven't had a chance to blog for the last two weeks, so all my happiness has been pent-up inside.
Actually, I have longed for social media a few times to be able to quickly share some of my joy. ...But, I've made it through without exploding... ;) ;)

Ever since last Christmas (or before) I had planned to get myself up to West Virginia this summer... to go visit my sister of course! ;) But in the back of my mind, I was also thinking just a little bit about Tyrel... ;) And as the months passed along and Tyrel and I started talking, we got kinda/sorta/very excited about that time that we would get to be together, even though things weren't very official. That all changed in July! ;) So my trip suddenly became centered around being with my boyfriend! :) (Sorry Alyssa! ;P)

One thing in particular that we wanted to do together was make hay... ;)
So, as my boss put it... I was going to take a week of vacation to go let my boyfriend see how good I could be put to work... ;P Hahaha!
Far from that! I really did want to do it with all of my heart!  (I have always secretly loved and admired the hard work that goes into farming!) Though, to be quite honest, I was very nervous about the day that I would actually get out there and experience making hay because everything was so new and unknown! I've never been around much farm life at all, never driven a tractor, and never spent a day out in a field like that... (Boy, have I missed out on soooo much! 😳)
 But as soon as we started going... all my nerves when away, and I knew I would be okay doing this all day! 😉👌🏼 At the end of the day, I could honestly say that I enjoyed the whole hay-making process much more than I even thought possible. It turned out to be the most satisfying and perfect part of the week! :)



The first day we were making square bales! :)
I loooovvveddd... the fresh smell of hay... the beautiful mountains... our group lunch break chat... the sunny skies and fluffy clouds... working alongside someone special... ;)
 ...But the best part, was seeing all we got done, and knowing that we all did it together! :)



Stacking and more stacking...

...while the others were out making some more ;)



The second day, we took it easy and made round bales... ;) And I enjoyed it equally! :)


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Thursday, we took a drive up to a beautiful mountain to watch the sunset -- and for the life of me, I can never remember the name of the mountain. :P



Thank you, Summer, for taking pictures!! ;D



It was soooo amazingly beautiful! <3
All you can do is marvel at God's delicate work of beauty that he has created all around us!

I felt like a kid in a candy store being up there with such a beautiful 360* view. Everywhere I looked  was another piece of the absolutely breath-taking scene!
 The picture below shows the beautiful view going on behind us as we were watching the sunset. <3



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Friday, I spent some time with Alyssa :) After we met up with Marty for lunch, the three of us paddled around the lake at Snowshoe Mountain.





That evening we took some four wheelers out on the old back roads. Ah...! I can just feel the breeze right now! 😅




The picture above and below are from two different times, but they are my favorite pictures from riding around in Tyrel's truck! Of all the memories we made, I'll forever be missing the smells, sounds, and views from his awesome truck... 😌




We also explored our way through a sweet cave!
We stopped halfway through and pulled up the Evening Light Songs on our phones and sang "What a Mighty God!", and let me tell you, the acoustics in there were amazing! 



We were pretty much walking through water a good 70% of the time... which was cold.
But not nearly as cold as the last bit of the way that we had to swim through. Haha, I think we all felt pretty awesome to be able to say we "swam through a cave" ;P



Walking back from the cave... Hehe, our dads look so tiny out there ;P


Then a few of us went up to Spruce Knob to take in the scenic view. :)




And finally... our last day together...
For the main part of the day, we actually worked together with Tyrel's family spreading straw out on some land that had been cleared off. I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else! :)
And I'll re-iterate it again, that I loved the simplicity of getting to work together with everyone to get it all done! :) 


Tyrel's dad... :)
...and the super cool truck that I got to ride home in with my favorite person driving. ;) :)

It was a bitter-sweet day. Something about the whole day just didn't feel "right", because I knew our time together was coming to an end. And pretty soon I would be transplanted back to a completely different life 1,000 miles away.
It's rough folks. Rough, but good! :)


-MarLeahJoy




09 September 2016

Privileged

I've been having a wonderful week in West Virginia! I didn't think I would share anything on the blog until I had time to go through alllll the pictures, but what I saw this evening tops all! So I had to share really quick! 😉
I have never, ever experienced anything more beautiful than the view we had tonight!




As we were watching the sunset, the thought came to me so strongly of how we were the ONLY ones with the view this evening! God made a special view just for us! 
The area is very secluded, but I guess on other evenings other people have watched the sunset from there before. Yet still, I couldn't get over the fact of how privileged I felt to be one of a very few to view some of God's most beautiful creation. Because it felt so "fresh", untouched, and undiscovered. ☺️ 
-MarLeahJoy

25 August 2016

Marvin and Ranelle {Engaged}

It doesn't seem real at all...! My sister is getting married!!! 😆 Like soon! 😄
I'm so excited for Marvin and Ranelle, and I appreciate their relationship with God and with each other so much! When I grow up, I want to be just like them! ☺️ ...oh wait... 😝

Hehe, anyway, they got engaged in July when our Campmeeting at Monark was going on, and so I got to take engagement pictures for them! :)








Personally, this picture would show you why I enjoyed my evening taking pictures  so much! 😉😊







Look at those horses running around in the background!! 😄



-MarLeahJoy

 
 







 


 

14 August 2016

Enjoy Life



This last week hasn't been perfect in a natural sense, but it's actually been as close to perfect as everyday life can get. ;) Anytime the Lord talks to you personally, it gives quite a refreshment and uplift to your spirit!

Actually, the things I'm going to mention today aren't even half of the things the Lord has encouraged or helped me through this week. 



Green Sands Beach, Hawaii - April 2016

We heard about bearing fruit with patience today in church service.
Which was just what I needed, both spiritually and temporally... Because I had actually been asking the Lord to bless me with some patience this week. :P
It was brought out that patience is part "you wanting it really hard", and part "God's gift to us."
One of the areas where we can help ourself in patience is to envision the very end goal that we are reaching for. No matter what circumstances come along or what anyone else says, as long as you keep the vision, then you have no reason to give up or fail! Just keep going on!! :)



Kona, Hawaii - April 2016

I've always loved the book of Ecclesiastes, and this week I came to love it even more! :)
It's such a completely different book than any other book in the bible. In some respects, it almost seems to give a lot of contradiction to the rest of the bible, but honestly it's just completing everything else and giving a well rounded view on life.

One of the places I opened up to first was Chapter 11
"Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth."

I've heard "casting your bread upon the water" with several different meanings... all in the light of making an investment. Maybe an investment into gaining other souls for the kingdom, or maybe making a personal investment for our own souls. 
But the commentary on these verses says that it's actually talking about literally investing money or goods.
Here's what my commentary says about  Chapter 11 and verses 1-6.
"These verses focus on making sound investments. It may seem odd that the Bible has such teachings, but much of Proverbs is concerned with advice on how to avoid poverty by prudent action. Most of us need a certain degree of prosperity in order to have a good life, and the advice here is valuable for both ancient and modern readers.
Verses 1-2: These verses deal with financial investment, not charity. The phrase 'bread upon the waters' refers to investing in overseas trading ventures, which may result in a return on the investment. The words 'seven' or 'eight' refers to diversifying one's investments."

So anyone who knows me well... knows that I get my little nerd glasses on when it comes to investing money. 
Well, sadly this year has kind of got me off track, and I've lost my vision about investing. I've been trying to get back on... and, you know what...? The Lord has actually been talking to me through many different verses in the bible this week about having wisdom with my money. I won't bore you with the verses, but they are found in Proverbs, just like the commentary mentioned.
It was sooo, so much of an encouragement to me that God would guide me to those verses. It gave me the little extra boost and challenge I needed to keep on track with my finances. Also, I have no human understanding as to what to do for my life in preparation for anything. And I mean anything! God understands my life and the path before me, and I'm grateful for the little nudge he gave me to be sure to stay on track with my financial goals. So, If he has opened up some scriptures to me this week about planning financially, then I am certain that he will order and take care of the rest. Because to be honest, I would tend to personally say that, financial wisdom is the least important of all other wisdom in the whole scope of things. But yet it DOES hold a degree of importance. ...And God has shown me that he cares to guide me in that area! 😊 May I listen and take heed in this area and others -- so that He can bless! 



Hilo, Hawaii - April 2016

Have I told you I loved Ecclesiastes yet...? ;) 

Well the next thought the Lord has blessed me so much with is from parts of Chapters 8 and 9... about enjoying the life the Lord has given us.

Once again, I'll share what my bible's commentary has to say about this part of the book: "This does not involve neglect of other duties, because there is a time for everything under the sun. But a life without enjoyment is no life at all."

It was just what I needed to read to finish off all the things I've been pondering and musing over this week. Basically reading this I just felt the Lord smiling at me and saying, "I love you, and I care!" :)


-MarLeahJoy







09 August 2016

I Crashed


Lately, I've been feeling this extra connection to nature... and an extra desire (than normal) to capture it. So yesterday evening, I loaded up my camera pack, grabbed the dog, and set out on my bike to go find me a pretty spot in the country to watch the sunset. I had made it up the first major hill and was going down a little incline and somehow totally wiped out on my bike. Oopsie... Hehe! I walked home because my bike was in no condition to ride after that... Not to mention my knee and hand.
I cleaned up pretty fast and decided I should just drive out to the countryside and hopefully be in time to catch the sunset anyway... because something inside just told me that it would probably be a beautiful one. 😊

Go here to watch the video I made from the evening...




I wanted to include a clip of myself doing a cartwheel in the video... :P But then I looked at my hand... and at the pavement... 😁 Hmmm, maybe not smart. But then I thought, "Eh, it can't hurt too much more than it already does." 😭


These pictures don't even begin to do justice to the beautiful sunset...


And to think that God paints us a new one each evening!


It did me a lot of good to just spend some time outside enjoying it! :)


For most of an hour, I stayed stationed just right by the fence watching the colors change and the clouds morph and mold.



Just an old country road, but it brings me much peace. :)

-MarLeahJoy